by Benjamin Herold
for the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks
Last week, the three current commissioners set out to show that they’re serious about walking the talk.
Over the course of five remarkable days, the new-look SRC responded to a series of requests by the Notebook/NewsWorks by making interim Chairman Wendell Pritchett available for an extensive sit-down interview, releasing a collection of sensitive confidential documents, and, most notably, granting a Notebook/NewsWorks reporter unprecedented access to an ”executive session”’ – the group’s private discussion before its public meeting.
But when those doors were finally opened to one reporter last Wednesday, there was no smoke-filled room.
No secret deals were consummated.
And no politicians showed up demanding favors.
Instead, the meeting revealed a governing board that is still in flux, attempting to manage a dramatic transition on the fly.